Trust Operations Team

The White Rose Academies Trust prides itself on supporting its family of schools with a team of education and industry specialists, each delivering in-house, world-class services to raise and maintain our schools' standards.


Stuart Jolley 

Chief Financial Officer

Stuart graduated from the University of York in 2002 with a Master’s degree in Chemistry. During the final year of his degree he was on industrial placement working in the Research and Development team at Hickson and Welch in Castleford.


Steve Etherington​

Finance Manager


Steve joined Leeds West Academy in the summer of 2011, after working for Post Office Ltd for 38 years. He started at the Post Office as a counter clerk in Wetherby and worked his...



Communications & Projects

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Yvonne Hare

Head of Communications and Projects


Yvonne Hare graduated from Trinity Leeds University after studying Communications, Advertising and Marketing...



Jackson Ellis-Hambley

Creative Lead & Visual Designer


Born in Leeds, Jackson comes from a family of teachers, with both parents and sister working within the education sector. He graduated from Teesside University in 2005 with a BSc Hons in Multimedia, focusing on...



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Holly Kirk

Digital Communications and Content Lead​

Holly lives in Ulleskelf with her husband Taylor and currently enjoys discovering the best walks around the area. She studied at Garforth Academy, just a few minutes away from her family home. Holly joined The White Rose Academies Trust in July 2018...


Alice Ryan

Trust Project Manager

Alice was born in Leeds and has lived in Horsforth all of her life with a big family of four sisters, one brother and two boxer dogs.

Alice joined The White Rose Academies Trust at the beginning of October 2018, after working in a Pharmacy for two years training to be a qualified dispenser...



Emily Hare 

Trust Project Manager​

Emily was delighted to successfully interview to join the White Rose Academies Trust in April 2018 as an intern during her Industrial Placement year from Northumbria University...


Matthew Stock 

Trust Digital Environment Officer​

Matthew lives in Garforth and studied at what is now Garforth Academy. Matthew joined Leeds West Academy in November 2015...


Lewis King

Digital Communications and Content Officer

Lewis began his career in higher education, managing internal comms at Leeds Trinity University and developing content campaigns at the University of Leeds...


Amy Armstrong

Trust Business and Marketing Officer - Undergraduate Industrial Placement​

Amy is an English Literature student at Newcastle University and joined the White Rose Academies Trust in September on her Industrial Placement as Business and Marketing Officer. Amy works within the Trust’s Communication and Project’s Team on numerous projects with senior leaders from across the Trust...


Mia McTighe

Trust Business and Marketing Officer - Undergraduate Industrial Placement​

Mia was born and grew up in Coventry with her parents but moved to Leeds in 2018 for University. As an undergraduate student from the University of Leeds studying BA Linguistics and Phonetics, Mia is spending her third year fulfilling an Industrial Placement with the White Rose Academies Trust...